Glo­ri­ous rugby per­for­mances

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ALL three men’s se­nior teams se­cured vi­tal points on Satur­day. Sligo 2nd XV 17 – West­port 10. The Sligo Devel­op­ment Team made it two wins from two to carry their mo­men­tum upon re­turn­ing to the Con­nacht J1a League. This was a hard-fought win in tough blus­tery con­di­tions in Hamil­ton Park. The first half was a tight af­fair with Sligo play­ing into the wind. Sligo took the lead through the ro­bust Garry O’ Hehir. Af­ter a series of for­ays to the West­port line with strong car­ries from Craig Adams and David Caw­ley. The ever op­por­tunist O’ Hehir made a pacey snipe from the base of the ruck catch­ing the West­port team off guard and dot­ting down for 5. In the sec­ond half and with a strong wind be­hind them the West­port Bulls found them­selves with a lot more pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory and even­tu­ally af­ter a strong break up the guts snagged them­selves a con­verted try. Sligo fought back and with im­pact from the bench in the form of Liam Mc El­hin­ney and Sean Wynne, they be­gan to take a foothold in the game and af­ter some pres­sure tal­is­manic Skip­per Mat Davey pow­ered over with a real cap­tain’s ef­fort.

West­port tied up the scores with a penalty from the half way line to leave the scores even at 10 each with 10 to go. Sligo’s fit­ness shone through in the last quar­ter and the seemed to find an ex­tra gear when needed. Af­ter some great ex­pan­sive play in tough con­di­tions the win­ning try was scored by Brian Mullen, who backed him­self to out­pace his op­po­site num­ber and then cut in­side the last de­fender to seal the game for Sligo. TEAM: Craig Adams, Ross O’Boyle, Aaron Tansey, Micheal Mc Mor­row, David Caw­ley, Mat Davey ©, Si­mon Coul­ter, Jake Sex­ton, Garry O Hehir, Enda Gavin, Brian Mullen, Sean Mullin, Andrew Blan­nin, Char­lie Cooper, Niall Gray. Re­serves: Shane Mc Guin­ness, Liam Mc El­hin­ney, Sean Wynne, Ju­lian Ripon, Carl Van Rens­burg.

The Sligo 3rd XV wrapped up pre-sea­son in fly­ing fash­ion with a 62-5 de­mo­li­tion of Car­rick-on-Shan­non RFC. The seag­ulls have now won 3 from 3 in pre-sea­son, scor­ing an impressive 144 points and are ea­gerly await­ing the start of the J2 sea­son. This will be the first time in over 30 years that Sligo will have a 3rd XV in league com­pe­ti­tion.

Try scor­ers on the day were Stuart O’Brien with 4, Henri Liot de Nort­bé­court and Jean de Ro­que­feuil with 2 each, Sean Don­nelly and Mark Harte with 1 apiece. Try scor­ers took the con­ver­sion with Sean Don­nelly be­ing the ex­cep­tion, let­ting the ever­green Jamie Bowes live out a dream of tak­ing a kick. No­table men­tion to David Cum­mins, who sport­ingly helped Car­rick when they lost a man through in­jury to play on with them and scored Car­ricks try.

Move of the day be­longed to a deadly com­bi­na­tion of Stuart O’Brien with a quick tak­ing cross-field kick to Mark Harte, who raced home to score a fan­tas­tic try on his de­but, to rap­tur­ous ap­plause from the home sup­port. Sligo 3rd XV kick off their sea­son at home in Hamil­ton Park on Sun­day 1st Oc­to­ber to Con­nemara RFC.

Sligo U16s be­gan their sea­son on Sun­day last in sunny Strand­hill against Castle­bar. Sligo were look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge with a strong squad of 26 players. Un­for­tu­nately Castle­bar ar­rived with a re­duced num­bers but it was de­cided to go ahead with the game. Castle­bar started well break­ing through the Sligo de­fence on a few oc­ca­sions but failed to cap­i­talise. Sligo even­tu­ally be­gan to get in to their rhythm with Jim Davies scor­ing a superb try which was con­verted by Daire Cregg. This was fol­lowed by an­other well worked try scored and con­verted by Cregg. Castle­bar con­tin­ued to push even­tu­ally scor­ing an ex­cel­lent try by Pa­trick Dixon. The sec­ond half started off well for Sligo with man of the match Josh Cronin scor­ing an­other try for the home side.The game fin­ished with a re­sound­ing vic­tory for Sligo with a fi­nal score of 33 to 15.

Sligo RFC and Malahide U12s with their coaches in Hamil­ton Park.

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